The class has been receiving compliments around school. These compliments turn into cookies placed in the class cookie jar. Once the jar is full, the children vote on how they want to celebrate. They voted today and decided on a pajama day for Monday. Oh the fun!!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
Today during science, the class created pamphlets on matter. They had to draw the atoms in each, draw examples of each, and write 3 facts about each state. Please go over these with your son/daughter to reinforce these important concepts. There is a science test on matter in the near future (middle of next week).
On Monday we will meet with our book buddies at the end of the day. Please encourage your child to bring a book (or two) from home that is familiar and easy to read.
Wednesday 9/2 5:00-8:00 Bruster's Spirit Night
Thursday 9/3 12:45 "In School" field trip (permission required)
Thursday 9/3 letters are due to Mr. Giesler if you don't give photo consent
Go Dawgs! Tomorrow is wear your college colors day.
Tomorrow is also hat day. You can wear a cap for a dollar donation. The money goes to the American Cancer Society.
We had a great time in the science lab today and learned so much more about the states of matter. Ask your child about the different stations. Hopefully your child can tell you that you can change matter by heating it and mixing it.
Today we did skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Second grade standards have students skip counting within 1,000. For example: 645, 655, 665, _____, _____, 695, _____, _____, _____. This isn't an easy skill to master and requires practice. This weekend's extra credit assignment will be on skip counting.
Today's math game was so much fun! I heard moans and groans when it was time to stop! I loved the excitement. It was memory with 5 different ways to write a number. The numbers were in standard form, expanded form, place value, base 10, and word form. The students placed 16 cards face down and took turns trying to make matches. Don't forget that memory is also a fun way to practice math facts. I love hearing all the math games being played at home to practice facts. Way to go!
You may have noticed a sticker placed on your child's folder with a website and login information on it. This website is amazing for math games that focus on our standards. The class went to the computer lab yesterday to play these games. I encourage you to help your child choose his/her activities because some are way above 2nd grade level. There are also a few different ways to practice math facts on this site.
We need bags of individually wrapped candy. Some great examples are: Starbursts, Hershey Kisses, Dum Dums, Tootsie Rolls. I like to use these as rewards for filling up a sticker chart as well as rewards for knowing the magic phrase of the week. In the future we'll be playing table games and they'll be rewards then too. Please let me know or just send in a bag if you are able to make a donation. Please know how much I appreciate your help!
Today we began learning about contractions. It's important that your child be able to define the term, put two words together to make a contraction, and tell me the two words that have been put together when given a contraction. Your child needs to know how to explain what an apostrophe is as well as what it's job is in a contraction. Look for a test on contractions at the end of next week. The class took their compound word tests today. Target students will make them up on Thursday.
All field trip permission slips and money are due this Friday. The "in school" trip will be next Thursday.
Today the PTA fundraiser was sent home with your child. Happy shopping!
We continued our study of compound words today. We read a great book filled with examples, played 2 rounds of compound match, and began an activity we'll finish tomorrow.
Mrs. Kenworthy's read aloud book was Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Please ask your child to tell you about this wonderful story with an outstanding message.
Today,we finished our 5W and H questions with the book, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Hopefully your child can tell you what the 5W and H questions are and why they're important. (who, what, where, when, why, & how....because you know you understand a book if you can ask and answer these questions)
This week's magic phrase is: All matter has mass and takes up space. Please remind your child of the rules: don't share the phrase with anyone, whisper the phrase to me, and you have 2 days to whisper the phrase. Have fun!
Our lunch time has changed starting on Monday. Our new time is 10:37-11:07. We'll be eating lunch at table 3 if you want to join us.
Our schedule for specials has also changed. On Monday we will go to music. On Tuesday and Thursday we'll go to p.e. On Wednesday we will have art. Friday is a rotation day. We'll have p.e. on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Please make these changes on the schedule I gave you at open house.
I have graded the timed tests and they will be going home on Monday. Overall, I am thrilled with the results. I put the first score on this test so you can compare them. Congratulations to those with a 100%. Anyone with a 100% will start subtraction. Please keep track of your child's scores because I won't include past scores on the next test. The next test will be on Friday, August 28th. Practice nightly.
Tonight I sent home our first extra credit assignment. I will send an extra credit assignment home on most Fridays. It is an activity that reinforces a standard we are working on. It is not required and no penalty will be given if it isn't completed. A reward will be given if it is completed. This particular assignment was chosen because Mrs. Brown and I noticed several people struggling with this concept during math groups this week.
Congratulations to our current top 5 for Accelerated Reader!
1. Luke 12.0
2. Brent 9.7
3. Reid 4.7
4. Lily 4.6
5. Abbie 4.4
There will be a compound word test on Tuesday.
Today your child took home a field trip permission slip and money envelope. These trips are "in school" trips. We will be listening to a wonderful storyteller. Both days are included in the $7.00 fee. Both days will cover different standards. Please return both by August 28th. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail.
We ran late in the science lab, so I wanted to make sure everyone knew the homework for today. Tonight, everyone needs to practice spelling, practice facts, and read for 15-20 minutes. Responses are due in the Letter Home Journal by Monday morning.
Today in the lab we learned about different properties of matter. We did activities with solids and liquids.
This week's word of the week is immense. Last week's word was strive. Ask your child what these words mean. Hopefully he/she can tell you.
Today during "working with teacher time" in math the students made models to represent numbers in standard form, expanded form, word form, and base 10. They also showed how many 1s, 10s, and 100s each number had.
There is a spelling test tomorrow. It covers this week's words as well as some words from last week. Good luck!
Today we continued to show numbers in standard form, expanded form, base 10, and word form. When discussing math with your child, please try use this vocabulary and encourage your child to do the same. We also worked on place value within the 100s chart and adding numbers to 20.
Today's read-aloud book was, Quick as a Cricket. It is a wonderful book that is a great teaching tool for similes and adjectives (describing words). After the story the students compared themselves to animals. I'll be hanging the similes in the hall this week and then turning them into a class book later. You should see a simile in your child's letter home journal this week as we'll be practicing them to "spice up our writing".
Students with me during reading learned a new job today. It's called word work. The class played a tic tac toe game during this block of Daily 5. Ask your child to tell you about it.
There will be an addition timed test on Friday this week. I hope to see at least one more problem answered when compared to the first week. With all the practicing happening, I'm looking forward to the results!
We have science lab with Mrs. Dess tomorrow afternoon.
Tomorrow is the last day for yesterday's magic phrase.
The Garrison Mill Education Foundation is currently having a contest. The class with 100% participation in the donation drive wins a party. All you have to do is make a tax-deductible donation to GMEF. No amount is too small. Please send in your donation with your child.
Just a reminder that your child should be reading 15-20 minutes nightly. Encourage your child to read an A.R. book during this time. This will help him/her to earn the required 5 points.